Analyzing the Season-Opener Further: Part I

If the Sooners have improved in the offseason, it was hard to tell Saturday night in a narrow 31-24 win over Utah State.

So what were the three biggest problems?

1. Quarterback Landry Jones was off target all day--His performance last weekend was nothing like how he looked in the Sun Bowl when he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, he had a quarterback efficiency of only 105.1, as he completed 17-of-36 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns along with two interceptions. Jones can't be missing behind, in front and over receivers like he was against the Aggies if they hope to compete for a Big 12 Championship and possibly more than that.

2. Secondary's play--The defensive backfield came into the game as a question mark with untested corners, and it emerges as a problem. The entire secondary was inconsistent technique-wise all over the field, blowing coverage assignments and not making plays when they were in position to do so. That has to change for Saturday against Florida State.

3. Mental mistakes--Yes, the Sooners committed some careless penalties, the two biggest of which were a pair of personal fouls by MIKE linebacker Tom Wort both on the same drive. He was flagged for a late hit that prevented the Sooners from getting the ball back, and he also had a roughing the passer penalty later on the drive on a third down play. There were false starts by the offensive line as well, and these mental lapses need to stop immediately.

Check here for some of the positives from the opener.

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